Sunday, 23 August 2015

23rd August, 2015 Beachy Head Overcast with rain mid-morning E 4 to SW 3-4

Stiff breeze on arrival. We walked Birling Lane and then decided on a sea-watch from 07.30-09.30. We then still had time to visit Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area before the onset of rain. Virtually no warblers were present in the bushes but a nice arrival of Yellow Wagtails with several groups seen flying over. Highlight were the 2 Balearic Shearwaters seen at middle distance for around 4-5 minutes per bird.

Great-crested Grebe 1 E
Balearic Shearwater 2 E (dark phase @ 8.01am and pale phase @ 8.41am)
Gannet c70 E
Common Scoter 2 E
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 5
Peregrine 1
Whimbrel 2
Great Skua 1 E
Swift 3 E
Sand Martin 1 E
Swallow 35 E
Yellow Wagtail 55
Common Whitethroat 6
Raven 1

Adult Peregrine over Birling

Four of the five Buzzards seen today over the top fields.